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Summer Course 2021

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The PowerThru Summer Education Program is an initiative from EmpowerU to create education opportunities and a learning community, Leveraging our pedagogical expertise and connection to the University of Hong Kong, our team has partnered up with 10 excellent instructors to introduce five courses to students.

We have also created an online learning community through our social media page initiative called PowerThru where we interview young members of the ethnic minority community pursuing careers on novel paths. The goal of this series is to build students’ exposure to different career possibilities during a window in their education when they have more time to explore new things and present the important information in a fun and engaging way. 

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Course Structure 

  • Each course is 2 weeks long with 3 mandatory live sessions at HKU​

  • Each course* is offered twice:

    • Once in July

    • Once in August 

  • Students can pick the courses period that fits their schedule 

  • See below for detailed schedule

    * except coding 101, which is only available in August

 

Course outline

  • During each week, students will engage in online learning of pre-recorded lessons at their own pace, with a live class with the instructors at the end of each week

  • Students will be put into “peer learning teams” and will work together on a final project that will be due at the end of the two week course

  • During the week, students will communicate with each other, the EmpowerU team, and instructors via an online course management server

Target Students

  • ~Form 3 - Form 5

  •  ~14 - 16 yrs olds

  • 10-15 students per class​

  • Total: 80 - 135 seats in July and August combined

Courses

Judge Gavel
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The Law Demystified
(Pick one course period that fits your schedule)

Choice 1:
Course period:
July 18th - 31st 
Mandatory live session dates: July 18th, 24th, 31st

Choice 2:
Course period:
August 15th - 28th
Mandatory live session dates: August 15th, 21st, 28th

With instructors: Suhail Bindra, Lamia Sreya

 

  • This course introduces the legal framework in Hong Kong and the rights it provides to empower HK's residents

  • The course is taught by a Trainee Solicitor from a major law firm in Hong Kong, and a current post-graduate student pursuing her Juris Doctor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Both instructors are from the local ethnic minority community in Hong Kong, who also went through the local education system.

  • The course curriculum is also supported by a lecturer from the Law Faculty at the University of Hong Kong

  • After 2 weeks, students will get to participate in an experiential learning opportunity at the moot court of HKU campus to:

    • Apply their knowledge to a real-life scenario

    • Present oral arguments

    • Hone their critical thinking and presentation skills

Business Meeting
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Behind the Hustle
(Pick one course period that fits your schedule)

Choice 1:
Course period: July 4th - 17th
Mandatory live session dates: July 4th, 10th, 17th

Choice 2:
Course period: August 15th - 28th
Mandatory live session dates: August 15th, 21st, 28th
 

With instructors: Aanchal Wadhwani, Sakshi Vasudev

  • This course is made up of first-hand entrepreneurial journeys of young Hong Kong ethnic minority entrepreneurs specialising in sustainable business brands, media production companies, talent agencies and educational institutions.

  • Content covered ranges from coming up with a business idea to learning how to present an elevator pitch to sell your idea.

  • Topics covered:

    • Brainstorming

    • Marketing and branding

    • Funding

    • Understanding the paperwork procedure to set up a business. 

  • At the end of the course, students will have an opportunity to share a business idea in a “Shark Tank” style presentation to consolidate all the skills and knowledge they have accumulated over the two weeks.

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Health & Wellbeing 2.0
(Pick one course period that fits your schedule)

Choice 1:
Course period: July 18th - 31st
Mandatory live session dates: July 18th, 24th, 31st

Choice 2:
Course period: August 15th - 28th
Mandatory live session dates: August 15th, 21st, 28th

With instructors: Bau Chung, Ravreet Kaur

  • This course explores well-being and health in the social media era.

  • Taught by a local licensed social worker and a wellness blogger pursuing her Master’s Degree in Positive Psychology

  • Topics covered:

    • Unlearning what we see as “real” on social media

    • Unlearning & learning the concepts of masculinity and its impacts

    • Introducing healthy, practical habits and routines that students can incorporate into their daily lives.

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Coding 101
(Pick one course period that fits your schedule)

Choice 1:
Course period: July 4th - 17th
Mandatory live session dates: July 4th, 10th, 17th

Choice 2:
Course period: August 8th - 29th
Mandatory live session dates: August 8th, 22nd, 29th

With instructors: Ajit Krishna Namakkal Raghavendran, Xyra Sace

  • This course is an introduction to the wide possibilities and potential of programming, & basic coding for the internet

  • Our instructors are experienced in teaching coding to young kids in a fun and engaging way, with one of them being the co-founder of a multi award winning tech start-up and a final year computer science student at the University of Hong Kong. 

  • At the end of the course, students will have created their own website portfolio, and will be connected to a number of resources to further develop their coding and programming skills.

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Finding Oneself through Collective Storytelling
(Pick one course period that fits your schedule)

Choice 1:
Course period: July 11th - August 1st 
Mandatory live session dates: July 11th, 25th, Augst 1st

Choice 2:
Course period: August 8th - 22nd
Mandatory live session dates: August 8th, 14th, 22nd

With instructors: Earl Ng, Gus Geopano

  • This one-of-a-kind course takes into consideration the increasing popularity of a tabletop cooperative storytelling game to provide players with a creative platform to build their interpersonal & problem- solving skills.

  • Students will build their social-emotional learning skills through role-playing games where they will be immersed in unfamiliar “worlds” and characters to think creatively and find solutions to achieve their goals. 

  • The course is taught by a local ethnic minority social worker who uses the storytelling game for social inclusion, and one of the co-founders of the city’s most renowned storytelling and roleplaying gaming communities. Our instructors are experienced in successfully adopting this innovative approach to bring young students out of their shells and become better team players- skills that are vital to one’s interpersonal communication and professionalism.

  • The course focuses on teaching the students to be the community leader who runs the game sessions to further challenge themselves in a very fascinating way. 

Detailed Schedule

Tuition

HK$ 500/course

We would love to work with students who are interested but may not have the financial capacity to pay for the course(s) through scholarship programmes kindly provided by schools and private donors. Please contact us to discuss scholarship options.

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Want to join us for the summer?